Thai Gapao

Thai Gapao

Everyone loves Thai Gapao. This is an excellent Thai dish that can be completed within 20 minutes of standing in the kitchen. If you are Japanese, you will immediately think of soborodon (rice bowl) or nishiki-don (rice bowl) when you think of rice dishes with minced meat, but if you add fish sauce and basil, you will get an exotic taste.

When I went to Thailand, I didn’t eat much. There were too many other delicious foods to eat… Thailand is a country where you can never have enough stomachs.


However, when you are in Japan and you feel like having Thai food today, gapao rice is one of the best things you can make. It doesn’t have to be ground meat, you can make it with white fish or chicken. Even if you use dried basil instead of fresh basil, just give it another sprinkle before it’s done and the whole table will smell delicious.

Oh, I want to eat it now.

Thai Gapao

Recipe by AKO's CookBook


Cooking time




  • 200 g ground chicken or ground pork

  • 1 bag paprika (or green bell pepper)

  • 2 eggs

  • 80 g basil, or 2-3 tablespoons if dried basil

  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce

  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • chili pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or a clove of garlic


  • Cut the paprika into small pieces, and if you are using fresh basil, cut it into 3 cm pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the minced meat. The meat should not be completely parched, but still have a raggedy texture to make it more satisfying (and more local). When the whole thing is cooked, add the garlic powder and paprika. When everything is cooked, add the basil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and fish sauce, mix well, and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Make a fried egg in a separate pan and place it on top of the rice and ingredients on a plate.
  • In fact, gapao rice does not have to be made with ground meat. It can be made with fish or even chicken. Gabao rice made with white fish is especially delicious, so please give this one a try as well.

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